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Were you or a loved one injured by a defective medicament? At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury lawyers represent injured patients harmed by prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.

Call our dangerous drug attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form today to schedule a complimentary consultation and tell us what happened.

Each attorney in our firm is committed to holding pharmaceutical companies financially accountable for their negligence and strict liability. Doctors prescribe meds to help their patients deal with health issues. But, every time a patient takes medicine, they trust the pharma companies that make the med will not harm them.

However, some drug companies violate this trust by selling defective prescription medicine. Often, the drugmaker knows that they are marketing a harmful product but fails to warn consumers.

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Our legal firm has committed lawyers who help their clients file claims for compensation against pharma companies that marketed and sold the drugs that affected their health.

Our attorneys help our clients build their cases by working with them to gather evidence through their scientific and otherwise legal actions.

A client can file a dangerous medications lawsuit with a defective drug lawyer at our company today whether they have been injured by prescription medications or over-the-counter meds (including for health problems like chronic kidney disease).

Contact our dangerous drug lawyers for a consultation free of charge if you were seriously injured or a loved one died from harmful medications. We help every new client seek justice for their damages and fight on their behalf for maximum compensation.

Our lawyers handle pharmaceutical product cases on a contingency fee basis. We only receive a legal fee when your attorney successfully secures financial compensation for you.

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Corporate Push to Promote Prescription Drugs to the Market – At the Expense of Consumer Safety

It seems like recalls are happening more often these days. One of the primary reasons is a growing awareness that many drugs may be contaminated with carcinogens.

These concerns have led to complete recalls of the popular heartburn medicine Zantac and the blood pressure drug Valsartan over the past few years. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is often slow to act on defective meds.

Additionally, there are health concerns about Invokana (canagliflozin) for type II diabetes after severe side effects were reported. Some of these side effects include the following:

  • Bone fractures
  • Hypotension
  • Kidney problems
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fournier’s gangrene
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)

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In addition, they must review reports by patients claiming they have been affected by meds and suffered from prescription drug injuries.

Manufacturers who follow the law will often pull products from the marketplace if they have received numerous reports from patients who have suffered similar harm. Additionally, serious side effects should cause a remedy maker to initiate more testing and investigation, often leading to a complete recall [1].

Drug manufacturers do not always do the right thing to protect customers who put their lives in the hands of the pharmaceutical company.

Such cases include:

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Patients Can File Drug Lawsuits Similar to Other Product Liability Cases

Anyone afflicted by recalled defective meds can file defective drug lawsuits to recover financial compensation under product liability civil tort laws.

Some of these settlements and jury awards can be huge regarding many medications because of the harm caused by defective recalled drugs.

Here are some of what you can recover in a defective medication civil case:

  • Medical bills (past and future)
  • Lost earnings
  • Rehab, therapy, and ongoing medical care
  • Drug-related conditions documented in medical records
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

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How a Dangerous Drugs Lawsuit Works

Did you suffer harmful drug injuries and are confused about the legal process to hold those responsible financially accountable for your damages?

The first step for filing a defective medication lawsuit usually requires hiring a Chicago injury attorney. The legal team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has years of experience handling defective drug cases and can help you minimize the risk of losing your case.

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What You Need to Prove to Win a Defective Medication Lawsuit Against Drug Manufacturers

A defective medicine lawsuit is like any other product liability case. First, you need to establish that there was a defect that made the medicine unreasonably harmful.

In general, there are three different ways to prove that medicine is defective:

  • A design defect in the medicine or prescription drug caused side effects or medicine-related injuries
  • A manufacturing defect made it harmful
  • The medicine led to severe trauma or even death
  • A marketing defect failed to warn users of severe side effects

In all injury cases, it is not enough to show a defect. You must prove that the medicine was unreasonably dangerous to your well-being. After this, you must show that defective pharmaceutical drugs were the cause of your injuries.

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What to Do When Filing a Dangerous Medication Recall Lawsuit

If you have recently learned that you have taken a pharmaceutical product that has been recalled, you should do the following:

  • Monitor your medical condition regularly, even if you do not feel symptoms or notice adverse reactions.
  • If you feel any unexpected side effects, see a doctor immediately and begin documenting the issue in your medical records.
  • Keep track of any damages or expenses related to your injuries.

A defective drug attorney can file your lawsuit if your complaint is submitted to the court within the applicable statute of limitations.

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Medicine Recall Frequently Asked Questions

Our lawyers understand that many families have unanswered questions about dealing directly with the insurance company seeking financial compensation for defective medication. Our attorneys have answered some of those questions below.

For additional information, contact an attorney at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.

Can You Sue Pharmaceutical Companies for Recall Medication?

Most likely, yes. After all, the medicine is not being recalled for no reason. So the chances are that there is a defect in the medication’s design, manufacture, or marketing.

When that happens, and you or others suffer injuries sustained by untested drugs, you can file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer with attorneys of your choosing for compensation. Usually, it does not matter whether you took the meds for a day or years.

Injured victims can recover financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages in cases where the manufacturer’s action was egregious.

Some law firms will initiate a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer for many plaintiffs with severe injuries from unsafe drugs.

Is the FDA Responsible for Recalling Dangerous or Defective Drugs?

It depends. Some recalls are voluntary by the drug maker, pharmacies, or the FDA[1].

Doctors may be guilty of medical malpractice if those under their care suffered an adverse reaction by combining old and new drugs or if an incorrect dosage is prescribed.

What Would Cause a Drug to Be Recalled?

The cause for recalls is that something is wrong with it (design flaws or warning labels) that threatens patient safety. Any inadequately tested medicine, improperly prescribed or poorly manufactured, could cause severe damage, including heart attacks, vision loss, birth defects, and wrongful death.

Doctors often prescribe dangerous medicaments for off-label use that could cause severe reactions and harmful conditions.

What Drugs Have Been Recalled By the FDA?

The FDA recalled many dangerous drugs over the years because of dangerous side effects, including Zantac and Fen-Phen [2], affecting millions.

Many dangerous drugs are recalled because of catastrophic adverse reactions that prove life-changing and difficult to cope with once the damage occurs.

What Happens When a Drug Is Recalled?

The prescribed defective drug or over-the-counter medicament is pulled from the market through recalls.

The recall may be initiated by the drug manufacturer discovering some dangers after reports of injuries or testing on people. Alternatively, the product may be recalled by the Food and Drug Administration.

Which Class of Medicine Companies Recall Is the Most Serious?

There are three different classes of recalls, depending on the seriousness of the issues with the drug.

  • Class I recalls are the most serious because they involve products that could cause serious health problems or death.
  • Class II recalls involving products may present a temporary health risk but are less severe than those in Class I.
  • Class III recalls involve products with mild health risks or defects that do not put people at significant risk.

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Obtain a Case Review from our Dangerous Drug Lawyers

Did dangerous drugs injure you? Are you seeking justice? You or your beloved family member can file personal injury and wrongful death claims against the drug company.  Obtain legal help from an experienced lawyer.

Contact a lawyer at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form. Let’s discuss legal options and possible compensation with our team of attorneys.

Speak with an experienced attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, who understands the complexities of mass tort cases, class action lawsuits, defective drug cases, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Our firm has helped many injured victims recover compensation for severe injuries related to prescribed medicines and other drugs.

We accept every claim through a contingency fee agreement only paid after obtaining financial recovery through the legal process.

Resources: [1] FDA, [2] FDA, [3] PubMed

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Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.

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Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan!

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial.

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